GOL Linhas Aereas inked a deal to install Gogo‘s Aircraft Data Service, Wireless Quick Access Recorder and Automated Turbulence Reporting on board across its fleet. The Brazilian carrier, already a 2Ku customer, becomes the launch customer for these platforms. The partnership should improve the airline’s operational efficiency while also helping Gogo expand into the connected airframe market.
The Aircraft Data Services (ADS) program allows for real-time integration of operational data with GOL’s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications. Gogo’s Wireless Quick Access recorder (QAR) more quickly provides aircraft data for use in airline operational and quality assurance programs.
“Gogo is rapidly moving beyond passenger connectivity to connect pilots, flight attendants and the aircraft itself so airlines can access real-time information. By leveraging inflight connectivity, airlines will be able to provide better service in flight, improve safety and operate more efficiently,” said John Wade, president of commercial aviation at Gogo. “GOL has been at the forefront of technology adoption in the aviation industry; now they will be leading the way in leveraging aircraft data to drive efficiency. We are excited to work with them to bring Gogo’s Connected Aircraft Services to their aircraft.”
Despite its name (and to no surprise), the Wireless QAR solution requires wired integration to aircraft data systems. This work will be performed across GOL’s full fleet in the coming years. The other ADS benefits, including bringing the EFB kit online, can be activated at GOL’s discretion. The services use the existing wifi infrastructure on the aircraft. The carrier is expected to begin that process promptly.
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In addition to leveraging Gogo’s data management products, GOL will be able to leverage Gogo’s Automated Turbulence Reporting. This solution uses real-time aircraft sensor data inputs to identify turbulence or conditions likely to produce such. That data is transmitted to the ground over Gogo’s 2Ku satellite connection, enabling faster and more accurate dissemination of real-time turbulence information.
Growing into the connected aircraft market is critical for Gogo (and other IFC vendors) as it seeks to increase connectivity revenues. With some predicting billions in revenue from such applications in the coming years it is important that the suppliers be in a position to grab a piece of the pie. Gogo is walking a tight line on this front as part of the Gogo 2020 recapitalization plan. The company’s focus on delivering the pipe for services is clear. Just how dedicated it is towards building out the application framework or pushing specific use cases remains to be seen. Certainly securing a launch customer is a strong move forward.
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